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Study: Children with Certain Birth Defects Face Increased Risk of Abuse

Posted on · According to a new study from UTHealth, children with certain birth defects are also at an increased risk for abuse. According to researchers, children born with a cleft lip or palate, and children born with spina bifida are at an increased risk of abuse before they turn 2-years-old. To learn more, Maggie Martin talks with Dr. […]

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Study: Texas Still Among Ten Worst States To Be a Child

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released Tuesday. The annual publication assesses child well-being by state, and, once again this year, the report ranks Texas low based on economic, educational and healthcare data, among other metrics. We talk with Jennifer Lee, research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, about […]

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What Are the Benefits of Full-Day Pre-K?

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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When is Too Soon to Start Thinking About Your Child’s Career?

Posted on · We discuss how students and their parents are handling requirements set out in an education law (House Bill 5) passed back in 2013. The bill stipulates, among other things, that eighth graders choose one of five areas of study, which will affect the courses they take in high school: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), […]

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Health Insurance Brokers, Kids and Career Tracks, and Curly Hair: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Posted on · This year’s deadline for Texans wishing to sign up for health insurance through healthcare.gov is Feb. 15, just a few weeks away. It’s the second season of enrollment made available through the Affordable Care Act. During this second round, insurance brokers are taking a more proactive approach, marketing themselves more aggressively as a resource for those […]

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Are Competitive Preschool Admissions in Houston Out of Control?

Posted on · To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According to Gabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the […]

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Early Education, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and The Suffers: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Posted on · To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According to Gabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the […]

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Autism, Houston Law Firms & A Long Walk Home: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Posted on · Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S, with one in every 68 children having the disorder. In 2012, Texas health officials reported almost 90-thousand children in the state have autism, and they estimate another 28-thousand Texas children will have it by 2017. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll talk with a local mom […]

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At What Age Should Public Education Begin?

Posted on · Some see value in Pre-K programs as a way to ensure children are ready to learn by kindergarten. Others see an unnecessary expansion of public education. Underlying it all are fundamental questions, like at what age should formal education really begin for a child? And shouldn’t preparation for school really happen at home? We talk it […]

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Uber and Lyft, Pre-K, HISD closure update, and Seaweed: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 6, 2014

Posted on · Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory Affairs on proposed changes to […]